Set beside the Lake, inspired by Capability Brown’s original plan, Kirkharle Courtyard is a unique shopping experience, promising home cooked food, creativity, heritage and culture in the beautiful Northumbrian countryside - only thirty minutes north of Newcastle upon Tyne, Hexham, Morpeth and Alnwick.
Within the 18th century courtyard, you'll find work for sale from a variety of nationally-renowned crafts people who sell everything from papier mache artwork to classically inspired sculpture. There's hand-made jewellery and traditionally-constructed bespoke furniture, as well as local crafts, gifts, vintage and antiques. There's also a coffee house which offers some fantastic contemporary cuisine, often using local produce, as well as the traditional cream tea.
Kirkharle's success lies in the way it has managed to combine a modern, but unique, shopping experience with its interesting and varied past.
Kirkharle was the birthplace of Lancelot Capability Brown, the landscape artist once described as the Shakespeare of Gardening. Brown lived on the estate until he was 23 and you can find an exhibition about the man and his work within the courtyard.
The inspirational vision of Capability Brown has recently been brought to life. You can now enjoy his birthplace yourself by taking the pleasant walk around the lake on the fully accessible footpath.
With the recent addition of the Capability Brown play area (for children aged 2-9 years) and a series of activities for the kids - including historic games, a nature trail and a large sandpit area - there’s plenty to keep the little ones entertained whilst visiting the workshops and galleries in the courtyard.
Brown's Lakeside Larder - An interesting artisan food shop
Val M, Rothbury, United Kingdom
After lunch at the coffee shop we crossed the courtyard to Brown's Lakeside Larder. There is an interesting selection of fresh and packaged food plus a few gift items. We were tempted by the pork sausages with apple. Many of the food items would make lovely presents for friends or family
Warm welcoming tearoom
Coquet_Doug, Morpeth, United Kingdom
We left home with a little sleet in the air and headed for the coffee shop. Friendly staff greeted us and a wonderful real fire made the room cozy and warm. I chose soup (chicken and chunky veg) served with a cheese scone. Both were delicious. My husband also had a tasty pudding made with granola, caramel, apple and pear.
Take the stress out of Xmas Shopping
NEWREVIEWER60, Newcastle, United Kingdom
Kirkharle Courtyard is a must visit destination at any time of year with the now completed restoration of Capability Brown's park and lakes. But really worth a visit pre Xmas. A superb Deli with hundreds of unusual and delicious products ideal for presents , Frederick Allens exquisite silver jewellery all hand made on site,glass makers, art and crafts shops and a delightful coffee house. And you can park then shop at leisure amongst the beautifully restored stone Barns. We visit every year.
Kirkharle Lake & Courtyard replied: Thank you very much for taking the time to write such a lovely review. All at Kirkharle work very hard to make it a unique destination and it is mavellous to hear that our efforts are appreciated.
Unacceptably slow service
Had lunch here, ordered two bowls of soup with cheese scones so I presume that they were both all ready made. We waited nearly 30 minutes before they were served, which is madness. Other people at surrounding tables were also complaining about the length of time they had to wait for food. When the soup came it was very tasty and so were the cheese scones. Pity it was spoilt by the poor service.
Kirkharle Lake & Courtyard replied: I am very sorry that you felt the need to complain about the length of time it took for your soup to arrive. I would be most interested to know which day it was. I have raised the issue with staff but unless I know that day it is difficult to provide and explanation.
Best cottage pie...ever!
Just taken my mum and wife for lunch at the coffee shop, lovely warm & cosy setting, excellent service, and delicious food. All 3 of us chose the cottage pie & veg, very good choice, fantastic cottage pie - thank you.
Kirkharle Lake & Courtyard replied: Thank you so much for your review and I am delighted that you enjoyed your visit. I will pass your comments on to our hardworking staff and we hope to be able to welcome you back to Kirkharle again soon.